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Ill. couple builds igloo, complete with fireplace

Published On: Feb 12 2014 03:32:25 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 13 2014 11:21:15 AM CST
Igloo with fireplace

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HARMON, Ill. (WQAD) -

A Harmon couple transformed a snowdrift in their yard into a luxurious igloo complete with a fireplace.

In just 10 hours, Wayne and Debra Larson built an igloo with the amenities of a house.

Along with the fireplace, they have rugs, seat cushions, and a built-in freezer among features in their snow house.

From the outside, you see a snowdrift that stands roughly 7 feet tall in the Larson's yard.

When you take a closer look, you will find a door that leads to more than the mind could imagine.

And it all started as a challenge from their grandchildren.

"Our grandchildren confirmed there was a snow fort challenge for the weekend, he (Wayne) came out and started on it," Debra Larson said.

In fact, Wayne Larson got off work at 8:30 p.m. Friday and went straight to work on the igloo, digging deep into the snow until 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

After six hours of digging, Wayne Larson had created an igloo with a fireplace plus two holes for ventilation. They sent pictures of the creation to their grandchildren, who live in Pawnee, Ill.

"We had a lot of dreams, just like every igloo owner, of adding on," WayneLarson laughed.

A block of snow hides a "freezer" where treats are stashed.

"We always keep a supply of popsicles in here in case of an emergency," Wayne Larson said while holding the box of frozen treats.

What started as a simple competition between grandparents and grandchildren has gone viral on the internet.

A YouTube video has hundreds of shares on Facebook. They have even had suggestions from their friends on what they should add onto the igloo.

"Some people say we should add a hot tub," Debra Larson said.

It won't be long before the temperatures warm up.

The igloo will eventually melt, but the memories of this igloo will stand forever.

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